Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has proved time and again that he is the best when it comes to bowling in death overs, a period where the batters intend to dominate and take the bowling attack to cleaners.
Bravo did something against Sunrisers Hyderabad that he is used to doing over the year, come into bowl, get the crucial wickets, control the flow of runs and mount pressure on the opposition.
Dwayne Bravo returns with figures of 2/17 against SRH
Bravo trapped SRH skipper Kane Williamson in his first over to get the most crucial wicket of the game and later got Priyam Garg with a short-pitched ball that landed in skipper MS Dhoni’s hands.
Bravo is contending with England all-rounder Sam Curran for a spot in the team as the West Indies all-rounder missed the game against Kolkata Knight Riders, the only match Curran has played in the second leg of IPL 2021 so far.
Impressed with how Dwayne Bravo has responded to the challenge: Stephen Fleming
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said the two players are giving good completion to each other and was impressed with the way Bravo bowled in the tournament.
“Well, some good competition for that place for Sam. Sam was excellent for us in the first half and Bravo has come back now like the champion he is. Some good competition around that all-rounder spot. And it’s ideally what you want, two really good players competing and getting the best out of each other,” CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said in a post-match press conference.
“We are really impressed with how Bravo has responded to the challenge, he is back to his best. His bowling at the death has been outstanding,” he added.
CSK’s chase of 135 was threatened after a mini-collapse by their middle-order. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (45) and Faf du Plessis (41) gave a great start to the team as part of their routine, but from 103/1, the Yellow Brigade slipped down to 108/4.
Dhoni hit a four to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the penultimate over before wrapping the match with a massive big six against Siddharth Kaul in the final over as CSK won by six wickets and qualified for the IPL 2021 playoffs.
“Really proud of how we finished, I think we won the last four games. In the first half of the tournament number of things went wrong, and confidence was low but the way we finished gave us confidence. Even if it was a bad year we were one good win to making to the SF,” Fleming asserted.
CSK will face Rajasthan Royals in their next game on October 2 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.